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Steelworkers' Simultaneous Vigils Will Support Workers at Barry-Wehmiller's Angelus Can on Wednesday

For Immediate Release:  Dec. 11, 2012


Contact: Shawn Gilchrist, USW – sgilchrist@usw.org or (412) 562-6968

PITTSBURGH – The United Steelworkers (USW) said that on Wednesday, Dec. 12, the union will sponsor simultaneous candlelight vigils at Barry-Wehmiller’s corporate headquarters near St. Louis and the company’s Angelus Can facility near Los Angeles, where workers were told last month that their jobs are being eliminated as the company shifts production to non-union facilities in Ohio.

The members of USW Local 8957 at Angelus Sanitary Can Machine Company in Vernon, Cal. have spent generations making can-seaming machinery for customers such as Pepsi, Campbell Soup, ConAgra, Del Monte, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing and Nestle.

Workers from California are traveling to St. Louis and joining local steelworkers and supporters for the vigil at corporate headquarters to encourage Barry-Wehmiller President and CEO Bob Chapman to keep the profitable Angelus Can facility open instead of moving production to the company’s non-union plants.

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WHO:  USW officials and workers from Barry-Wehmiller’s Angelus Can facility, local community leaders and others
WHAT:  Simultaneous candlelight vigils to support workers whose plant may be shut down and work sent to non-union facilities in Ohio

Angelus Can:
WHEN:   3 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Wed., Dec. 12, 2012
WHERE: 4900 Pacific Blvd., Vernon, Cal.

Barry-Wehmiller Corporate Headquarters:
WHEN:   5 p.m. (Central Time) on Wed., Dec. 12, 2012
WHERE: 8020 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, Mo.

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